The father of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was recently killed in the attack last month on the American consulate in Benghazi, said it would be "abhorrent" for his son's death to be politicized.
“It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” Jan Stevens, 77, told Bloomberg News.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "criticized President Barack Obama for not providing adequate security in Libya, saying the administration has left the country exposed to a deadly terrorist attack" according to Bloomberg.
Jan Stevens cautioned against drawing any conclusions before a thorough investigation, "We don’t pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined. That’s where it belongs. It does not belong in the campaign arena.”
On Fox News Sunday, Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said Romney "has made a concerted effort to exploit the Sept. 11 attack on a US consulate in Libya for political gain," according to the Washington Post.
There “is no doubt he is working hard to exploit this issue,” Axelrod said.
Stevens and three others were killed in the attack, which the US government originally attributed to an inflammatory movie trailer about the Prophet Mohammed. Investigations later showed it was the result of a coordinated terrorist attack.